Get some balls this Christmas!

Got your attention didn’t I?

Anywho, I’m posting after a huge break from writing to help promote something near and dear to my heart.  My eldest sister and her husband make gorgeous blown glass Christmas ornaments.  They sell for $20 each and ALL proceeds go to support The Ride to Conquer Cancer.

 

Like my mom, my sister is a cancer survivor and her husband did the ride in her honour for the past two years.  Even better, she rode it last year.  When she received the word that she was cancer free, she signed up.  The training was brutal for someone fresh out of chemo but she endured.  We are all so proud of her effort and thrilled that she made it across the finishing line under her own steam!  And speaking of steam, here’s a look at what her hot air (and a lot of other heat) can produce!

 

I’m posting this on my blog as it also links into Facebook.  For friends and co-workers, I have a supply of these at my desk that I can carefully wrap in tissue paper, put into a hand stamped (by my big sis) box and drop off or send out to you.  They are truly great gifts and each one is unique.

 

Here’s a look at the artists as they work.

 

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

– John Diamond

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Thank you gifts

The school year ended a couple of weeks ago and I did get my butt in gear and make cards and gifts for the classroom teachers and learning assistants who help my kids out.  Everyone got a variation of the teabag holder that I showed in an earlier post, Tea Time.   The cards were inspired by something I saw in the Sale-A-Bration brochure in the spring but I mucked about and made them all my own.

More another time – the kids need milk!  Like what you see?  Let me know!

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

~Author Unknown

It’s digital, Marnie!

Hey, Marnie – this is for you!  Probably not what you expected from me in terms of the photos used.  It’s way out of my comfort zone for digital scrapping but isn’t life about pushing limits??  Something about the graffiti grabbed me and I had to scrap it.  Sadly, I think only one or two elements on this page are Stampin’ Up products – but then, I don’t buy any digital stuff except SU – the rest I get for free from some amazing sites.

Enjoy!

Like what you see?  Let me know!

“gray hair is gods graffiti”
Bill Cosby

C the card?

With three kids in school there at a lot of invites to birthday parties.  I love to send the girls’ to parties with nice card to give the birthday person.  When I was little I loved  birthday parties and now I want to help make the big day a bit more special for the little monkeys.  Each card, if I have enough prep time, tends to have a personal touch to it.  Usually it is as simple as the addition of the kid’s initial but I have made ones before with the child’s picture.

This one is another variation of the card I saw in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue and CASEd in my last post.  But this time the birthday party was for a boy, so I changed it up a bit.

That’s it for now but I’ll soon get to a digital page!

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip.

~Author Unknown

Getting inspired

I know I’ve mentioned my amazing upline Carrie before.  She is a true inspiration for all of us in her downline and many hundreds who have never even met her.   Whenever she has us over for a meeting, she presents us with great ideas and then blogs her ideas for all to CASE.  The waterfall card  we made at her place is on her blog here: http://artisticavenger.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/dont-you-forget-about-me/

I was making a card for a co-worker’s 30th (yeah, she’s just a little kid!) and knew that I had to make her a waterfall card – my new favourite technique!  So here’s what I made.

I took some detail shots for all to see as well – yup, lovin’ that new camera!

I made a card for another co-worker who happens to share the same birthday as the 30-year-old – but she was celebrating her 65th!  Her card was inspired by the last Sale-A-Bration catalogue.  Below is the image from the mini that I liked and decided that I needed to CASE. 

Here’s my take on that card.  A little look at the close-ups and then the finished project.

Like what you see?  Let me know!

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age.

Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
Tom Wilson

Playing with the camera – again

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a new camera and have spent some time playing with it.  My favourite subjects are my girls of course.  Although I haven’t yet made the digital scrapbook page I’ve been challenged to do, I thought I’d share some of the great shots that I took.  So modest, I now – but it’s amazing what a good camera can do for your ego!

Oh, yeah, and I’ve made a card or two!

The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.
Demetri Martin

Fresh air and exercise

The May long weekend means the kick off to the camping season for us.  We joined several other families for a trip down to Deception Pass.  The girls spent most of the weekend on their bikes or scooters and I walked  with them around the loop more times than I can count.

They slept deeply.  Heather even fell off of her bed and stayed sound asleep as I put her back into her sleeping bag!  The weather wasn’t horrid, just not gorgeous – but it held off enough for the crew to gather around the 42 inch TV nestled under the trees for the Canucks games that came in via satellite.    Yes, we are rugged campers.  One family are practically survivalists as their trailer does NOT  have a microwave!

It took several shots to get one where all three of my monkeys were actually smiling AND looking at the camera.  They are pros at making goofy faces.

I’ve been challenged by my friend Marnie to get off my duff and create a digital page of the weekend – so keep your eyes open – one will be forthcoming.

I have had a holiday, and I’d like to take it up professionally.
Kylie Minogue